Madeleine – septic tanks

My task one day had been finding out about the difference between a cesspit and a septic tank. The simplest answer seems to be that a cesspit is closed (it is just a big tank in the ground) but a septic tank is open (everything goes in, solids are trapped, liquids come out again). Both have to be drained.

Here is a photo of the land near our septic tank in Portelas.

Everything around it is the colour of straw, for the simple reason that it is straw. The house was empty for years and the grass grew to waist height. One of the local worthies got an industrial mower onto 3 neighbouring plots, including ours, and baled the crop as winter feed for GNR horses. The straw is what was left. It has not rained in many months so the grass is not re-growing.

The green circle of green grass in the photo is, I assume, where the fluid is allowed to drain from the tank. The grass looks healthy enough, despite the fact that the fluid contains liberal doses of bleach and clothes washing liquid. Maybe the large number of showers is diluting it enough to stop this from being a problem.

To empty the tank of solid waste, there should normally be a manhole cover, with vehicular access for a waste lorry. We appear to have neither of those. At the moment, it appears our tank was installed by a neighbour, but the work has not been completed. It requires a further €6,000 to install a pump. Presumably the pump is needed to pump solid waste from the tank to a mains sewage system, removing the need for a manhole cover and vehicular access.

But the norm would be a manhole cover, used for removal of solid waste.

What does this have to do with Madeleine McCann? As far as I can see, it reduces the likelihood of body disposal via a septic tank or cesspit. I know there was at least one case in the UK in which the body of a murdered woman was put into a cesspit. The police failed to find anything during a search of the property, until a neighbour told them there was a cesspit under the garage. The corpse had not dissolved, and presumably, the cesspit had not been drained since her death.

Whilst the cesspit/septic tank route would be available to a local with knowledge of such and the ability to lift up a manhole cover, it is not a viable body disposal or body concealment option for the McCanns or other members of the Tapas 9.


11 thoughts on “Madeleine – septic tanks

  1. I reckon that you have a penchant for a local murderer and body concealer ! Why would that local make the effort of lifting up a manhole cover ? Why not dumping the body in the ocean ? Wouldn’t it be much more simple ?

  2. Dumping a body in the ocean requires that – you have a method of getting to the ocean, normally called a boat – and – you have a method of making sure the body does not resurface or wash ashore, which is more difficult than one would think.

    This method rules out the Tapas 9.

    And I reckon a ‘local’ would have access to more certain methods than sea disposal.

    • How do you define local in this context,one who was born to the locality or one who lives there with perhaps local knowledge?

      • Simply one with a lot of local knowledge.

        I haven’t got a clue where you live, but I presume you know a lot more about your locality and locals than I would if I lived in your neck of the woods for a year.

        I have only just worked out that we have a fruit and veg shop here every Thursday at 9am. It is of course up the top of a hill that is designed to kill you before you get near the fruit and veg. But hey ho, I intend to be up there at 9 tomorrow morning.

  3. I only meant a simple method. Why would the local try to avoid the resurfacing of the body or it’s rejection on the shore since the sea would get rid of all DNA clues ? There are rocks near the place where Smithman was seen where you can easily leave a body (low tide around 22h15) that the sea will take.
    Why would one suspect the TP7 ? That never passed my mind.

  4. Two other cases which have a vague similarity are Corrie McKeague and Maëlys de Araújo.

    In neither instance should it be possible to dispose of a large corpse without the body being found, but at the moment, in both cases it looks like that is exactly what has happened.

    Corrie supposedly went into landfill, which I doubt very much. With Maëlys de Araújo the name in the frame is someone local, with transport.

    I hate to sound cold or dispassionate, but we are missing two or three bodies, and a key question in each case is how was a corpse was disposed of, such that searchers could not find remains.

    • Surely some one with a lot of local knowledge would be a name in the frame,OG seem to have discounted that.
      Going back to C McKeague,the police are to resume searching the land fill site.

  5. Local names in the frame. Robert Murat. Ricardo Rodrigues. José Carlos da Silva. Paulo Ribeiro. Sergey Malinka.

    All local then. All local now. I am grateful that I was not in Luz in 2007, because it seems if one was, that was enough to make one an arguido.

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